Friday, August 15, 2014

A flying road trip.......

So last Wednesday I got a call that I hope to never get again. My sis called me and said that my Dad had taken a very bad fall and was in the hospital. He had lost his balance while on a walk alone. A neighbor rushed him to the emergency room and checked him in. He's 83 years old and up until now has been very healthy....walks a LOT! My sis and I flew to Arizona right away (last Thursday) to help my brother who lives near him. He's doing great now, we were with him for an entire week and able to cook, clean, and generally see that he's back on the right path and feeling better (and thank God he is). While Dad was in the hospital we got some shopping in (of course we did!) The shops in his town were amazing and we only scratched the surface. After all, what would expect from a shop called "Snap-Snap"....awesomeness! We didn't even make it into any thrift shops and there were a lot....we kept going back to the antique stores because they rocked. Lots of pretty books.....what else, right?

This book on Scottish clans and tartans is amazing, there are even some little fabric samples in it.

A gorgeous hooked pillow that says "Rock of Ages" with a cross and some flowers. Some great vintage shoes from "Snap-Snap".

A vintage RED celluloid neckties box with a green silk interior that looks new, two gorgeous floral books.

I was happier than happy to scoop up all of these vintage velvet trims and ribbons.....perfect for Halloween crafting, right?

I love old labels, especially when they look like this! How pretty would these look in a bowl with some pinecones in the Fall?

A pretty, pretty wastebasket.

A wicker covered bottle.....love!

Two fantastic old hat boxes (I'll be keeping these). They make for great storage in my studio while looking pretty. One was $5, one was $7. And my sis got one also! We were happy!

This silver casket with pink silk lining won my heart....there's a name engraved on the top of it.

We weren't sure at all how we would get all of our goodies back home......! Our dad's friend gave us her very large and brand new rolling suitcase that she bought for her trip back to Sweden...so sweet of her! We packed it to the gills and checked it through (we had to take 3 different planes both going and coming back) and were just barely able to fill it completely with both of our many finds.
Even though this was NOT a pleasure trip, because our dad did so well and was discharged on Sunday it all worked out just fine.
We all spent some quality time together, and most importantly he's on the mend.
Make sure you check my etsy shop....many of these finds will be listed as soon as I'm rested!!!!! It's not fun getting up at 3 a.m. to catch a plane......we're a bit on the tired side.....:).

Sunday, July 27, 2014

As we get ready for our annual beach trip............

This is on my mind lately.......Balance. The importance of priorities and how they affect us and our everyday moods.
I find that this summer has been challenging in many ways. I have an online business that I love to nurture, but to do so every day can take away from my family (I know you can relate!)
So I'm in the process of forgiving myself for those things that I haven't focused on that I should be. It's crucial to do this! After all, none of us is perfect.
We leave for our annual beach vacation later today....it's much needed in many ways. I'm taking some great reads, a big puzzle, and not much else.
After all, vacation is a time to unwind, right?
I do hope to hear from you all as to your best ways to unwind and relax.....it seems to get harder and harder to do.
Please remember to take some time for yourself!!!

(image found here....www.someonelikeme.ca)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Where Bloggers Create....my creative happy place, warts and all~~~~

I so appreciate your peeking into my creative space...you'll notice I did NOT clean it up because....well, ain't no one got time for that! And it's not because I don't love ya, it's just that I REALLY don't have the time to straighten it up at the moment and I REALLY wanted to participate...so please forgive my jumble, k?
This year there are a couple of changes, pieces have been sold and moved onto new happy homes, I've added some treasured dolls, etc.
Without further ado....some pics.

HomeGoods chicken wire cubbies....love them!

My huge wallpapered cabinet panel finally got hung up, whew!

Pretty new doll, found the umbrella in a separate store but think they belong together.....after all it does rain quite a bit in Oregon!






I took the doors off several of my upper cabinets for display and so I could easily find what I need.


My favorite dress form, an ebay find. The angel wings were found at St. Vinnies.........


A bookmark I made.

Another HomeGoods find. They usually have fabulous storage bins.






This was a very happy find for my studio this year, a huge floral carpet....in case you didn't notice florals are my 'thing'. I love to surround myself with them! They make me happy, and unlike my garden I can't kill these flowers.
I adore my space, which is what it's all about, that and the inspiration that a space can give. I've loved seeing all of your gorgeous spaces so thank you for joining in and thank you to Karen of MyDesertCottage for hosting once again!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sometimes it just takes a wheelbarrow to bring the goods home~~~~~~~~

Hmmm, where to start? O.k., I'll just jump right in. Last week my dd and I drove an hour over to the coast to spend some time with my Sis and her dh....you know shopping, eating, shopping....etc.
We were spending the night so we could take our time. I found so many treasures that I can't wait to go back! Not to mention just spending some great fun quality time with my sister. You see, we've been apart for the last 30 or so years, only seeing each other a handful of times...so sad. Now that she lives closer we're taking advantage of it! So we were in a shop at the coast and I saw this HUMONGOUS scale. The price floored me, but not for the reason you may be thinking...lol! It was priced at $15! Yeah, I know. Now here comes the dumbest part of this story....I didn't buy it! Yes, I'll repeat that for those of you who may have thought that you weren't reading that correctly....I didn't buy it!
Must be all that salty air that got into my foggy brain.

Anyway, we got home and I just happened to mention the behemoth scale to my dh and he said, "And you didn't buy it?" I was astounded when he said he thought I should have. Let me just tell you, no matter how many years you've been married they can still surprise you. So I called up my sis right away and asked her if she would go down there the next day and buy it for me. She, of course said no problem.
This is one side of the scale, unfortunately I can't display it this way because of the configuration of our countertop and the nearby window....nowhere else to put the darn behemoth!!!!
But no worries, it still looks cool when displayed on the other side.
I think it's beyond awesome, especially when I see how much many people are charging for these huge grocery type scales....wowza! And just in case you're wondering where the wheelbarrow plays into this story, we actually did have to use my wheelbarrow to haul this into my house because she weighs about 45 pounds! I'm sure my neighbors are still talking....:).


These are my antique tranferware platters that I'm going to hang right above my massive scale.....I kinda like that "farmhouse" vibe that they'll add to my kitchen, even though we most definitely do NOT live on a farm or anything that remotely resembles one.
It's all good, every time I gaze upon my super bargain of a scale I find myself humming the tune to "Green Acres".

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Happy Summer~~~~~~~~

~Made in Japan forget-me-not trinket box~

~Vintage Vis-Ed medical terminology cards with box~

~Vintage pink sewing patterns box~

~Charming baby sewing book~

~Little Tot's Record album holder~

~Vintage Alcott book~

How are you my peeps? Just a short drive-by here, Summer is in full swing and the living is easy! Hope you're all able to enjoy some fun time with friends and family.
You can see what I've been up to. I'm trying to balance it all (who isn't?), and having fun while doing so.
These are but a few of my newest offerings in my Etsy (you can access my shop on the upper right of my sidebar).
Be in touch again soon, have fun out there.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Crater Lake Lodge...heaven on earth.....:)

I've wanted to go for years......YEARS. Dh surprised me with a trip. Here's the thing about Crater Lake Lodge...you need to make your reservations at least a year in advance. Crazy but that's how popular it is. These first 2 photos are the view out our window.
I gasped when I walked into the room.

Our weather could not have been better. The sun was shining the entire time! With snow on the ground it was an unbelievable combination......and the utter quiet is hard to explain.

One of the HUGE fireplaces in the lobby area. You could claim a chair and wait for the waiter/waitress to come and take your order....heaven!

This is a view towards the dining room.  The lobby was a great size, not too big and not too small....just right.

My dd LOVED the snow.....so much of it still. With the lodge in the background I love this shot.
We had an unbelievable time and can't wait to go back. The boat tours to Wizard Island don't start until the end of June so maybe next year we can make that happen. As long as we don't wait too long to make reservations.
I highly recommend this gorgeous work of nature.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The happiest of Mother's Day's......!!!!!

Dd and I went shopping yesterday for my sister whose birthday is today.....happy birthday Debbie, the best sister ever! While in a thrift store my dd heard me say "OMG", not the words but the letters.....:). Spotted inside a case in St. Vinnies was this sublime vintage Coach Stewardess bag.....but as I wasn't shopping for me but for someone else I let it go.




Imagine my surprise when I opened this Mother's Day gift today! And my dd said, "And I hope you keep this one". That's because I re-hab these fabulous bags and then re-sell them.
I let her know that this is one bag that I will always treasure because she gave it to me from her heart!
I also love the fact that she chose a gift bag with an "OMG" on it .
I call that perfection!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!